We had a chance to yak with Jerry Garcia for a few minutes the other morning at City Hall, where he was waiting for the trial on a three-year-old lawsuit to begin. (The Dead were being sued by Pacific Recorders for about $125,000; Pacific had given them a discount in exchange for credit on the Aoxomoxoa album; the Dead had not given credit, claiming inadequate mixing facilities drove them elsewhere to finish the album.) The suit was later settled for $14,000.
Anyway, we asked Jerry about all those New York rumors about the band meeting with Dylan, maybe playing and recording with him later. "No," Jerry said. "I think he wants to get out of the music world. He says he doesn't think it's right to go pick on a stage and get paid for it.
"You gotta remember, too, he's in a house now with five kids in it, has no time to write, no solitude." When Dylan showed up at Dead shows in New York, Jerry said, "We just sat around and talked and picked. And with Sir Doug he didn't have to do a Bob Dylan trip. But with us - well, we're on two different coasts, so there's that problem of adjusting to each other's schedules. Anyway, he's into movies."
Couple days later, Garcia was on the witness stand patiently explaining to His Honor the advantages of 16-track recording over eight-track, and how Aoxomoxoa was made and mixed. The judge later complimented all the witnesses, Dead manager John McIntire said. "Especially Jerry."
(from Rolling Stone, December 7, 1972)